Monday, October 12, 2009

Ant Macari & Richard Rigg: "Zoo Art Fair" London, UK

Zoo Art Fair 2009, October 16-19

3-10 Shoreditch High Street


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Workplace Gallery presents new work by Ant Macari and Richard Rigg.

Ant Macari’s artworks utilise a multimodal system of communication – images, words, signs, symbols and objects. Within this cross-disciplinary practice drawing functions at the core of Macari’s work. Ark (Lemma) 2009 is a transport crate encoding the Golden Ratio decorated with esoteric symbols – geometrical, cultural and religious.

Ruach HaShem (Brain of God) 2009 is an aperture in the booth architecture that takes its shape from the outline of God The Creator from Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.

Ant Macari was born in 1976 in Galashiels, Scotland. Recent exhibitions include the touring exhibition Rank: Picturing the Social Order 1516–2009 and his first solo exhibition Caput Mortuum (Fresh As Tomorrow) at BALTIC. Macari was recently included in Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory published by New Museum, New York and Phaidon Press.

Richard Rigg’s sculptures reproduce and manipulate everyday objects, turning them into theoretical conundrums or playful propositions. This One, The Next, and The One After That (2009) is a continuous drip or water controlled by a hidden clockwork mechanism in the ceiling above. Folded Table Cloth and Table Cloth Folded (2009) presents two objects both the enantiomer (non- superposable complete mirror image)

of the other. Rigg’s works contain a multitude of meanings, connections, possibilities and invitations, a meeting of the start, with its end. Richard Rigg was born in 1980, in

Penrith, Cumbria, UK. His work was recently included in Morphic Resonance at PSL Leeds, and his first solo exhibition will take place at Workplace Gallery in 2010.

As part of the Zoo Art Fair solo presentations Workplace Gallery also presents

Richard Rigg Two Writing Desks, False Drawer 2009.

Two Writing Desks, False Drawer 2009 was made and exhibited for Morphic Resonance: an exhibition/residency at PSL [Project Space Leeds]. Based in Newcastle, Rigg was unable to use PSL as a studio space so, in his absence he set up a worktable to mimic his table at home where he would actually be working. The desk on top is a direct copy in Oroko wood of the desk supporting it, the false drawer of the copy rendering the copy partially dysfunctional. Two Writing Desks, False Drawer continues the idea of wanting to be in one place, whilst being in another.

Workplace Gallery would like to thank Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Charlie Hoult for their support in the production of Ant Macari’s work for Zoo 2009.